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HARLOW MP Robert Halfon has called on the Government to ensure the future of youth services in Harlow as Essex County Council consults over slashing their budget from £5m a year to £2m a year over the next two years. Mr Halfon has tabled a…

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A LEADING Harlow day nursery has pledged to prove Ofsted wrong after the government watchdog put them in special measures. Dizzy Ducks Nursery which is situated in the Harlow LeisureZone was inspected in August. The report said: 1. The provider shows a lack of understanding…

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HARLOW Euro MP Richard Howitt joined the fight against breast cancer by taking part in the Breast Cancer Campaign’s biggest and pinkest fundraiser, ‘Wear it Pink’. The Labour MEP took the fundraising campaign to Europe and is pictured wearing his pink campaign rosette in the…

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THE Essex councillor in charge of the youth service budget, Ray Gooding, met with young people, from across Harlow, at Harlow college this afternoon. The meeting, organised by Harlow MP Robert Halfon, gave young people a chance to air their views on cuts to the…

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HARLOW MP Robert Halfon has been presented with a Politician of the Year award from Avanta, one of the UK’s leading employment and training providers. Each year Avanta names an MP who has made a significant impact both in Parliament and beyond, in the debate…

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HARLOW council leader, Mark Wilkinson has made a comprehensive statement in order to put the record straight following yesterday’s High Court decision to wind up Harlow Welfare Rights & Advice (HWRA). In the statement councillor Mark Wilkinson sets the record straight on what has happened…

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FOLLOWING the news that Raytheon are to make 51 staff redundant, the Council has issued the following statement: Councillor Tony Durcan, Portfolio Holder for Resources and Enterprise, said: “The Council wishes to offer its support and help to all local employees affected by this decision.…

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Essex County Council received £4 million to work with the troubled families, many of whom have been described as a “blight upon life in Harlow.” The costs are justified by ECC as they believe the system could save the taxpayer around £75,000 a year. Three…

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A letter to Robert Halfon from prospective parliamentary candidate, Suzy Stride Dear Robert Halfon, I believe you should be fighting to protect youth services in Harlow. Instead you voted for the local government cuts which have led to cutbacks in the services. As you will…

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SUZY Stride, Labour’s candidate to be MP in Harlow has backed the “Apprenticeships & Skills Private Member’s Bill” and has called on MP Robert Halfon to do the same. Suzy Stride said “We need to get people back to work and a key way to…

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THE Under 19 Project, operated by Hastingwood-based charity Accuro, faces an uncertain future because of a lack of funding which may lead to its closure in March 2014. For the last 13 years the Project has been successfully providing leisure and social activities for children/young…

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A HOUSING charity says its research has revealed the extent of Harlow’s housing shortage. Shelter claims that just eight per cent of homes for sale in the town are affordable for a typical family hoping to get on the first rung of the property ladder.…

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By Jo O’Reilly Tory councillor Andrew Johnson, who proposed an amendment to the motion, suggested that this was not a case of ‘blue versus red, but a case of Harlow versus the rest of the county’ and that party politics should be put aside for…

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IN a rather startling but impassioned outburst, the chair of Harlow Council lambasted the lack of good news stories promoted in Harlow regarding the jobs market. Cllr Linda Pailing began the meeting of the council by informing members of the events that she had been…

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ANOTHER Harlow company has been dealt a jobs blow as Raytheon have announced the loss of at least 50 jobs. The company has announced that the jobs in manufacturing will be transferred to Glenrothes in Scotland later this year. It has been a bad year…

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ESSEX County Council has proposed closures to two children’s centre in Harlow. Both the ABC Children’s Centre in Old Harlow and Sunflowers Children’s Centre at Sumners Leisure Centre in Broadley Road would be closed if the proposals go ahead. Suzy Stride, Labour Parliamentary Candidate, argues…